Roemer, promoted from Double-A Mobile on Wednesday, scattered just a run on six hits over 5.1 innings of work. He kept Oklahoma City off the scoreboard through five, leaning on a 1-0 Aces lead. The RedHawks finally touched the scoreboard with a run in the sixth, tying the ballgame. In the seventh, though, Oklahoma City scored five runs—all charged to Aces reliever Brian Stokes—to take a lead it would not relinquish.
Stokes (0-1) took the loss, surrendering five runs on four hits with two walks and a strikeout in 1.1 innings. After his exit, Esmerling Vasquez and Sam Demel combined on 0 runs and 1 hit over the game’s final 1.1 frames.
The win went to Oklahoma City reliever Wesley Wright (3-1), who tossed 2.0 scoreless innings with four strikeouts. RedHawks starter Andy Van Hekken took a no decision after holding Reno to a run on six hits through five.
At the plate for Reno, Mark Hallberg led the way with a three-hit night—including a two-run homer in the ninth. Tommy Manzella gave Reno an early lead with an RBI single in the second as part of an eight-hit Aces attack.
The Aces and RedHawks complete the series on Friday night. RHP Barry Enright (8-4, 4.84 ERA) gets the nod for Reno, while Oklahoma City will counter with LHP Ryan Rowland-Smith (2-7, 5.73 ERA). First pitch from RedHawks Field at Bricktown is set for 5:05 p.m.
The first-place Aces return home on Saturday, for a four-game series against Tacoma at Aces Ballpark.